Librarian & Educator Day 2018
Presented by The Beguiling Books and Art

Friday, May 11th, 2018, 8am-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Registration required. 

Registration now available online: CLICK HERE

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What’s this all about?

Librarian & Educator Day Program - TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)

Librarian & Educator Day Program – TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse). Photo by “Rocketmom

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, and library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

The day starts 8am with coffee and browsing of a curated selection of graphic novels for sale, provided by The Beguiling Library Services. At 8:45am our keynote speech by TOON Books Editorial Director and Senior Designer & New Yorker Art Editor Francoise Mouly launches the day’s programs.

Following the keynote, the morning sessions begin and the programming is split into three concurrent streams of programming, including a variety of sessions such as:

  • Understanding Canadian Comics: Learn about the fast growing comics market in Canada — including prominent creators, award winning and popular titles, and Canadian publishers. Our presenters will be discussing titles that cover topics such as Truth and Reconciliation, STEM, Canadian History, Art, English Language Arts, International History, and Speculative Fiction. Find out what you can do to ensure CanCon in your classrooms — and why this is important!
  • Academic Library Roundtable: Inviting all academic librarians, professors and students to openly discuss our struggles and successes in bringing comics into the library and classroom. Together we’ll identify gaps and opportunities for academic comics study and talk about where academia needs to go next.
  • Convincing Parents, Teachers and Other Gatekeepers: A panel of library and school professionals will answer your questions about getting reluctant gatekeepers on board with comics.

At approximately 12:30pm we break for lunch. There are many inexpensive and hearty selections located within 5 minutes’ walk of Toronto Reference Library. However, participants who purchase our special Patron Package (see info below) are welcome to attend a special Creator’s Lunch, where many of the most important names in comics and graphic novels at TCAF will be on hand for an informal meet and greet, alongside a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, two more sessions take us through to the end of the day.

Patron Pack & Lunch

We encourage participants to purchase a Patron Pack for Librarian and Educator Day.

A Patron Pack costs $100 (plus tax = $105) and includes a selection of books in your selected grade/age range preference, as well as a ticket to our Creators Lunch. Only $100 for well over $100 worth of great books, and a catered lunch during L&ED with great authors? It’s too good a deal to pass up!

The Packs include quality titles selected by The Beguiling Library Services team and our publishing sponsors for their popularity and literary/artistic/social value, and are a great way to boost your graphic collection! During the Creators Lunch, you’ll be seated with a variety of local or international comics authors, artists and experts. It’s a great time to build connections and get great insight into the world of graphic novels!

We’re happy to bill your school or institution for your Patron Pack, or you can purchase it and keep the books to yourself! You’ll see a flexible variety of payment options as you sign up, and we will accept Patron Pack purchases on site.

Registraton for Librarian & Educator Day 2018 is now online! Click here for details.